March 1, 2007 |
The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church said Wednesday that it is being pushed toward painful decisions on questions of sexuality and scriptural interpretation by "impatient forces" eager for clarity, but she urged members to wait and be without fear as the church struggles through a difficult time. Appearing in a live webcast, the Most Rev.
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November 19, 2007 |
Anxiety crept into the priest's voice as he addressed the leader of his unsettled church. Was she finding a way to bridge the widening rifts in the Episcopal Church and its parent Anglican Communion? he asked. Or was it an impasse? Standing recently in the airy sanctuary of a small San Jose church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori was direct, her low voice calm, as she offered her own, more nuanced view to the priests and lay leaders before her. "I'm not sure it is a stalemate," she said.
June 19, 2006 |
Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman to lead any church in the global Anglican Communion when she was elected as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopalians approved the ordination of women. The selection seemed likely to provoke controversy, since most other Anglican communities do not allow female bishops.
October 30, 2007 |
A theologically conservative bishop whose election to the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina was invalidated by the national church has gained approval a second time and will be consecrated Jan. 26, officials said in Charleston. The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence was first elected bishop last year. But the national church's Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori took the unusual step of invalidating the election, saying church law had not been followed.
July 8, 2008 |
The Church of England's ruling body voted to press ahead with steps permitting women to become bishops, a move that risks further division because it lacks accommodations for traditionalists opposed to the idea. The decision came at a meeting of senior church leaders in which one bishop broke down in tears. More than a dozen other Anglican churches around the world have authorized women to serve as bishops. The U.S. Episcopal Church is led by a woman, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
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March 17, 2008 |
The nominee to replace a breakaway bishop ousted by Episcopal leaders is meeting with San Joaquin Valley congregations ahead of an upcoming vote. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head of national church, has recommended Jerry A. Lamb to serve as the new bishop for the Diocese of San Joaquin. National church leaders on Wednesday removed Bishop John-David Schofield as the head of the Fresno-based diocese, which seceded last December over the Episcopal Church's ordination of women and gays.